DeCouto chasing three national titles
Expert motorcycle racer Paul DeCouto has mixed emotions heading into this weekend's Champions Cup Series (CCS) End of Summer Cycle Fest at Virginia International Raceway in Virginia.
The 43-year old Bermudian is delighted to resume racing on US soil but admits he's concerned over the prospect of racing in wet conditions — something he's not accustomed to.
“I am excited and optimistic but a little nervous,” DeCouto told The Royal Gazette. “They are calling for rain on both Saturday and Sunday and I haven't raced in rain in years.”
The reigning Champions Cup Series (CCS) southeast regional Expert Pirelli GTO and Expert Unlimited Grand Prix champion will rely on the experience he gained during a practise run in wet conditions at the same racetrack a couple of years ago.
“Two years ago I practised in the rain at Virginia for a full day,” he recalled. “I was the only person on the track.”
He added: “I will prepare my Cycle Care Limited GSXR 750 for the rain and my Cycle Care Limited GSXR 1000 is set up and ready for dry weather racing.
“The 750 is my weapon of choice for the rain as it is lighter, has less power and has been crashed often, so it will be easier to ride in the wet conditions and I am not afraid to push the limits on it. It's not a pretty bike.”
Last month saw the Cycle Care co-owner thrive on his debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire where he claimed a maiden win in the Expert American Sportbike Racing Association (ASRA) Pro Superstock Division from the pole. The win enabled him to extend his lead in the American Sportbike Racing Association (ASRA) Pro Superstock Championship points standings to 49-points. He also placed second in the Expert Formula 40 and third in the Expert Unlimited Superbike divisions for added measure.
DeCouto has opted not to compete at this weekend's ASRA event (Blackhawk Farms Raceway) in Chicago, Illinois in favour of gunning after the three American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) national titles (AMA 1000 Supersport, AMA 1000 Superbike and AMA Formula) up for grabs in Virginia.
The veteran rider is enjoying another fruitful year of racing on US soil where he has managed several podium displays at CCS and ASRA events.